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Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Allegheny County DHS - Family Resource Guide
An online guide to services and systems available to Allegheny County families of children ages birth-21 with developmental delays, special health care needs, or disabilities. Provides information about resources available to families, educational tools for case managers/service providers working with families, "How to" information for all the systems families may need, and tools for improving communication between families and service providers.
One Smithfield Street
Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Available 24/7 online
American Foundation for the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind
Provides programs and services designed to help improve the lives of people affected by vision loss. Provides resources and support directly to individuals with vision loss and their family, as well as to businesses, employers, and professionals who provide services to blind and visually impaired people. - Websites Click here to get connected to websites with helpful resources - Information on resource for independent living - Professional Development - Public Policy Center - Technology Evaluations
2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Eligibility: Individuals with vision loss
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Low Vision Services
Provides Low Vision Services by an optometrist specially trained in low vision technologies for people whose vision cannot be restored with a prescribed correction. After an evaluation, the optometrist may recommend specialized vision aids which enable clients to use their remaining sight more comfortably and efficiently.
100 West 15th Street
Chester, PA 19013
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Life Skills Education Group
Groups meet for support that promotes adjustment to vision loss through effective coping skills. Agenda includes instruction, discussion, informational lectures by guest speakers, art workshops, gardening, field trips and social activities.
100 West 15th Street
Chester, PA 19013
Elwyn
Elwyn - Deaf Services
Serves Deaf individuals with varied needs through information and referral, advocacy and provision of direct services.
111 Elwyn Road
Media/Elwyn, PA 19063
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central Pennsylvania Chapter
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Provides information and referral, medical equipment assistance, self-help groups, support, seminars and educational programs.
4547 Lycoming Mall Drive
Montoursville, PA 17754
Eligibility: Anyone with multiple sclerosis and their family and friends.
NuVisions Center
NuVisions Center - Training and Supportive Services
Through the Training and Supportive Service program, we offer transportation to medical appointments and essential community resources. This is a door-to-door service insuring the visually impaired person reaches their destination and returns home safely. If necessary, the driver will escort the client to their appointment and help them read and complete any necessary forms. In addition, we provide transportation to our low vision and diabetic support groups that are held quarterly. Our support services encompass a variety of activities from organizing shopping lists and household items to reading mail and assisting the client to pay bills. We may refer clients to other agencies that can provide them with additional needed services. We help our clients adjust to vision loss by helping them with everyday tasks; such as, organizing paperwork, putting a white plate on a dark colored place mat or organizing their canned goods if they cannot read the labels, adjusting task lighting. Our quarterly meetings are open to the public and inform the participants of ways to understand, compensate for and adjust to their vision loss and help them maintain their independence.
658 Valley Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
Eligibility: Have impaired vision defined as a "visual acuity with best correction of 20/70 in the better eye, or have a corresponding loss of visual fields, or any progressive sight threatening disease or a significant functional limitation." Need a copy of eye report from doctor.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
Roads to Freedom - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA, offers:
  • Resources/training related to language translation, housing, income benefits, mobility/transportation, education, communication, assistive technology, advocacy, budgeting, household management, mentoring, and socialization/recreation geared toward persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Sign Language Instruction
  • Assistance with obtaining an Interpreter/Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)
  • Instruction of the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual
  • Public awareness/sensitivity training regarding persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Information about Videophones/Video Relay Interpreting Services and resources on how to go about getting a videophone
  • Assistance with getting equipment via the TDDP such as a TTY, CapTel, amplified telephone, etc.
A New Start program through Roads to Freedom, an Assistive Technology reuse/recycle program, may be able to provide donated equipment.
24 East Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Hours: Weekdays, 8:30am to 4:30pm
United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA
United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA - Camp Hill (55 Utley Drive) - Assistive Technology
Assistive technology evaluations and follow-up services may be funded through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, MH/IDD, or through private pay. Assistive Technology Lending Library- Local: 717-737-3477; TTY: 717-737-0158
55 Utley Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Eligibility: All people with disabilities, therapists, family members, teachers and providers
Hours: Call for information
Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program
Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program
Services include: -Consultation and support to families and institutions who are considering home care of a ventilator assisted child; -Recommendations and advocacy to achieve effective utilization of available funding sources; -Post discharge follow-up with families including home visits, advocacy, and coordination of services; -Assessment, recommendation for improvement, and evaluation of: The child's safety within the home and community Knowledge and skills of he child's caregivers The child's clinical status, emphasizing respiratory function, nutrition and development Educational and community resources and psychosocial functioning of the family Access to and utilization of community resources such as family support services and nutritional programs The child's educational program Opportunities for families in the program to communicate with and support each other, and Limited funding for respite care. -Education Intensive nurse training courses for nurses to achieve expertise and competency in the care of children who are dependent on technology for life at home, and national and community education via conference, hospital and school presentations to offer our expertise as a resource to other organizations which serve children with complex healthcare needs. -Transition planning Planning and facilitating solutions for transition challenges of young adults with disabilities who are reaching adulthood.
One Hundred Penn Square East
9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Allegheny County DHS - Family Resource Guide
American Foundation for the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Low Vision Services
Elwyn
Elwyn - Deaf Services
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central Pennsylvania Chapter
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
NuVisions Center
NuVisions Center - Training and Supportive Services
Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
Roads to Freedom - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA
United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA - Camp Hill (55 Utley Drive) - Assistive Technology
Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program
Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program
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